I was just watching tv and with all of these commercials for the holidays, it kinda got me thinking. You know, it’s just not worth all of that. I’m seeing commericals about buying a Lexus as a gift or a washer and dryer…like seriously? Come on people. This is what is wrong with America now!!! Let me back up just a bit…here we are coming up on the end of the year and just a little fact…there are over 2 million Americans who are going to lose their unemployment benefits at the end of the month. That’s not even counting the employed who are just trying to survive. We’re all just one bad flu or injury or unexpected expense away from losing our homes or whatever. Not trying be overly dramatic or anything but it’s just time for us to stop being so effin materialistic. Let’s get back to what Christmas is about. No I’m not gonna go religious on you…although that’s what Christmas is really about…but it’s about sharing, giving and family. It’s about sharing your love and joy with your loved ones. Giving to those you love and to those in need. And it’s about being around your family, whether it’s blood or created by a group of friends. I saw an article in the paper today about the economy causing donations to be down this time of year. It’s a shame. We can’t give to those in need because we are the ones in need. But yet, we’ll still fight to get that newest gadget. We’ll still max out our credit cards to provide a lasting memory. We’ll call our auto loan and ask for a deferment so that we can spend our bill money on gifts. There really is no point or end to this post…I’m just rambling…but it just is how I’m feeling right now. I personally am not about to break the bank for gifts. When your kids are young…what’s the point? Just a few gifts and they’re good. It’s about the memories that surround it. The traditions. The way the tree smells. The twinkling of the lights. Not about who had the most gifts. How much they cost. Yes I am speaking as a mom whose oldest is only 5. I know there’s a huge difference between a 5, 10, or 15 year old, and the gifts go up in cost as they want more. But I don’t know, it’s just crazy to go into debt over a holiday. Ok this blog that had no real point other than to rethink how you are gonna spend your moola is now over! Hope it made some kind of sense!